Mega-Desk

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It is my pleasure to introduce something so profound, even Dwight Schrute has one.

Two words: Mega. Desk.

You know when you start a project with a hope and a dream of it looking like something you imagined or were inspired by? And typically it falls a bit short, but every once and a while you hit a home run? Well this is that outta the ballpark home run for us!

(Sorry for the not so stellar lighting in these photos. I tend to only have time/remember to take photos at night…blerg)

Pretty awesome, right!?

We started with a room that has uh-mazing natural light and a small-but decent amount of space. We had great intentions for it to be an office, but it never really lived up to its name.Β  It was more of a catch-all room. When guests would come over, we tended to throw everything that didn’t have a home in here. Let’s just say, after a year and a half of living here it was about knee deep in junk. We had mismatched desks, two disorganized bookshelves and zero organization. It was ugly. In fact, so ugly that I didn’t take a before picture (whoops!)

These photos are after we relocated the junk-n-stuff to our dining room/living room/anywhere we could stash it.

As you can tell, this room is small…7ft x 11ft to be exact. Though its small, it is the perfect size for an office/craft room. We had to get creative in order to turn this baby into something that was functional and appealing to the eye. So, to Ikea we went! We picked up four Vika Amon table topsΒ  in white (two of the 39 3/8″ x 23 5/8″ and two of the 47 1/4″ x 23 5/8″…crazy Swedish sizing!) We also picked up twelve of the Vika Curry legs in the silver color (we had 4 from another desk to make the 16 we projected using, but we only ended up using 10. Anyone want some legs??). The combination that we settled on came to a grand total of $87.00. That still kind of blows my mind…$87 for a room sized desk!? Yes, please!

We painted the room a color called Spring Hill in eggshell enamel by Behr. We stick to Behr paints because it’s what we know and love and we haven’t been let down yet! The color is a nice mellow green in the sunlight and has a muted greenish/blue color at night. These photos don’t do it justice at all, but trust me when I tell you its nice :)

We figured if we were going to put some good time and a little bit of money into this space that we should do it right. Enter: ridiculous wall-to-wall shelving above one side of Mega-Desk.

We picked up these three Ekby Gallo brackets at Ikea for a whopping $5.00 each and three 1″ x 12″ x 8′ white board planks at Lowes for about $12.00 each.Β  Josh sized the boards to fit our space and a few wall anchors and a whole lot of patience later, these puppies were on the wall (lets just say that three 7ft. boards + 3 brackets + working after 12 AM isn’t always the best combination. Yet, my husband is ever patient and loves me more than I deserve).

One thing we kind of splurged on was the under shelf lighting you can see in the pictures above and below. We figured it could only make the space better and that we would be thankful we spent the extra $ and time on it. And yep…we were right! Its so so nice to have good lighting on my main workspace!

One of my most favorite parts about this room is that I can have my sewing machine and crafting supplies at my fingertips at all times. It’s already proven to be motivating and super handy (see those organizers to the right on the desk? Made outta 3 cereal boxes and less than a yard of fabric. Tutorial coming soon! :) )

(Again, not the best lighting…sorry!)

Josh put a few nails next to my sewing area to hang my cutting mats, rulers and straight edge.

On the other side of the room, we condensed all of our books into one bookshelf that hides behind the door

And the closet looks…pretty much the same as it did before. A whole lotta stuff we need to find homes for. Our plan is to install a hanging rod in half of it to serve as a coat closet and build some permanent shelving in the other half for various items that don’t need to be accessed or seen all the time (board games, air mattress, wrapping paper, etc.). We’ll finish it off by adding a new curtain to cover the space.

We’re slowly but surely getting there! This room still has a long ways to go and quite a few more little projects, but it is WORLDS better than it was a few weeks ago! I am giddy with excitement of how well this turned out. My next project in here is to turn some plain-ol’ mini blinds into roman shades. I found this tutorial (among many others) and we have a friend who has done it successfully. Here’s to hoping I come out with the same results! Next time you see these window’s they’ll be clad with some fancy new dressings :)

Budget Breakdown (so far):

  • 4 Table tops: $52
  • 10 table legs: $35
  • Wall brackets: $15
  • 3 wall shelves: $36
  • Under shelf lighting: $40
  • 1 gallon of Behr Spring Hill paint: $22
  • Behr Swiss Coffee trim/door paint: already owned
  • Total: $200

This was the first time I added everything up and I’m definitely surprised myself! I think $200 for an entire room makeover isn’t too shabby at all…

Here are a few other things I’d love to knock out in the next couple of weeks:

  • Turn cheap mini-blinds into roman shades
  • Acquire another office-like chair & two chairmats
  • Create a station with some cork pieces, hanging organizers and a calendar for paying bills (maybe looking something like this, or even this)
  • Add some mason jars, cause you can never have too many (I really like this idea)
  • Add some additional overhead lighting
  • Organize the heck outta that closet. Sheesh, it needs some lovin’.
  • Work on better organizing my craft supplies on the shelves.

I think that to-do list will keep me (and hubby) busy for a little while! I’ll be back with more (better) pictures of the progress and a tutorial or two.

Loving this room,
Mrs. Edwards

6 Comments

  1. Wow, great ideas for organizing the office. We are currently in the middle of trying to find out what in the world to do with ours. We have A LOT of books…it’s kind of ridiculous actually. Thanks for the ideas!

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  3. That is a great use for an awkward sized room. I just love how much desk space you have and I’m envious of all the shelving. You can’t beat that total cost either. Very nice!

    Kathleen

  4. Hi Mrs. Edwards~ I just stumbled on your blog while trying to decide which Ikea shelf brackets to use for a couple of storage projects I am working on. Your workroom is a wonder of thrifty Ikea solutions and good taste. I love the green color of the walls. Thanks for taking the trouble to share your process– it is very inspiring!

  5. Hi Terra, thank you for sharing this project. The room looks great! I was wondering if you already finished the closet area in this room. Did you think to turn it into a libarary nook/closet area? I think it would be a great calming corner in your productive spot! :)

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